Raipur, Nov 19 (UNI) The Congress today ridiculed the claim of Chief Minister Raman Singh of retaining power in Chhattisgarh saying that people have decided to dethrone the BJP for large-scale corruption during its rule.
Addressing a press conference on the eve of the last phase of elections in the state, Congress working president Satya Narain Sharma said there are several issues for the party against the BJP government but the rampant corruption had hit the people most.
''The state exchequer was used for the publicity of the BJP government, while rice meant for poor had been sold in the black-market,'' he alleged.
Mr Sharma, who himself is contesting from Raipur Rural seat, said low turnout in the election meetings of the BJP leaders was itself a proof that they have lost the peoples' support in the state.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders including Motilal Vora, Ajit Jogi, Vidya Charan Shukla and state president Dhanendra Sahu had issued a joint statement this evening appealing people to vote for party candidates in order to remove the corrupt BJP government in the state.
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